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Grange Soroptimists Orange the World

Grange Soroptimists Orange the World

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16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence start on November 25th ( UN Day for Elimination of Violence against Women) until December 10th ( Human Rights Day) indicating that violence against women is the most pervasive breach of human rights worldwide. The UN asks us to Orange the World to raise awareness. Worldwide 1 in 3 women experience domestic abuse during their lifetime and the pandemic is making things worse.   The Grange Soroptimists did their own take on Orange the world! If you are interested in finding out more about our work or wish to join the Club please CONTACT US The unite campaign calls on us ( Governments, society and individuals) to : Fund   support for services and victims of Gender Based Violence Prevent Gender Based Violence with a zero tolerance Respond with adequate services for victims Collect data to improve
Gardening Soroptimists recognised by the RHS and Cumbria in Bloom

Gardening Soroptimists recognised by the RHS and Cumbria in Bloom

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The Grange Soroptimists were delighted to receive a Certificate of Recognition from the RHS and Cumbria and Bloom for their work in the Sensory Garden. The garden  has been so important to many local people during lockdown and beyond, providing a beautiful and tranquil space. A number of members have  worked very hard during the  year maintaining the garden to a very high standard and providing  so much pleasure and  a safe space to relax, in such difficult times. The RHS said "This year an amazing sense of community spirit has enabled people to face the difficulties of this dreadful pandemic together. Through your community gardening activities you have laid the strong foundations that helped make your community more resilient in these testing times. We know that people have felt closer to nature through lockdown and valued access to green space so much more, and
Celebration Dinner Sat 31 October to mark Club member Rosemary’s year as Regional President

Celebration Dinner Sat 31 October to mark Club member Rosemary’s year as Regional President

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Club member Rosemary served as Regional President of Soroptimist international North West England & the Isle of Man  from 2019 - 2020. To mark  the end of her year in office  the 5 Grange club members who took part in the SIGBI Virtual Conference met together  at Sheila's home  on the evening of Saturday 31 October to celebrate and discuss the Conference. Rosemary was presented with cards and  a pen  from all the Club members. She was congratulated for keeping the Region updated and unified during such an unusual term of office. Several events still went ahead after lockdown including  " A day at Cartmel Races "  in aid of "Empowering Girls in Nepal"and the Rosebowl competition Quiz. A delicious meal was enjoyed with contributions from  the guests and a convivial evening was had by everyone.
Lobbying for non-fatal strangulation amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

Lobbying for non-fatal strangulation amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill

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Club members responded to a request from fellow Soroptimist the Victims' Commissioner Dame Vera Baird regarding an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill  to include non-fatal strangulation as a free-standing offence and have written to the ministers involved with the bill, Victoria Atkins and Alex Chalk. Non-fatal strangulation is a common type of abuse used by abusers, as it  gives a clear message to the victim that they can kill them any time they wish. Victims of non - fatal strangulation ( almost always women)  are 8 times more likely to be killed by the abuser and not always by strangulation. Victims suffer significant health problems including brain damage, stroke, anxiety and PTSD. Currently abusers are frequently  charged with common assault as often there is no obvious mark and therefore is difficult to bring a charge of actual bodily harm.  There is a 6 month
Round walk on Hampsfell Oct 21st

Round walk on Hampsfell Oct 21st

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8 members  of the walking group walked in 2 groups from Springbank Lane, to Hampsfell Hospice, Hampsfield allotment and back to Springbank Lane. The weather was misty with recurrent rain showers but the walk was interesting, with lovely autumn colours. There was plenty of chat, a look at the Greek inscription on the Hospice ( "Rosy fingered dawn" from the Iliad) and a  bit of "Singing in the Rain"! The views were not - existent which was a pity so there's a photo here of what it should look like!
Circular walk from Bouth to Hay Bridge Oct 7

Circular walk from Bouth to Hay Bridge Oct 7

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On Wednesday October 7th, 6 members of the walking group set off in groups of two spaced in distanced intervals to comply with the latest CC Covid guidance. The 4.5-mile walk started at Old Hall Farm then meandered on country lanes and paths though woods and over meadowland to Rusland Moss Hay and Bridge Nature Reserve before returning to Old Hall Farm. Hay Bridge Nature Reserve was founded in the late 1960’s by Helen “Tissie” Fooks with the twin aims of conservation and education. It was a delightful walk with beautiful views and a surprising array of flowers still blooming. One of the couples spotted a herd of red deer. White Moss and Black Beck Tarns were alive with swans and waterfowl. As well as wildlife there were historical features, notably Colton Church, Longmire watermill and the Coffin Road. There was time at the end
Club members Race to help girls in Nepal

Club members Race to help girls in Nepal

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Grange Club members helped to organise and  joined in a fun zoom afternoon at Cartmel races raising funds for Empowering Girls in Nepal. The plan had been to have a Regional outing to Cartmel races organised by Regional President Rosemary Hoyle so we organised a very successful Zoom trip to the races on August 23rd. Some participants at Zoom races Over £300 was raised for pour SIGBI project Empowering Girls in Nepal. To find out more see our page A good time was had by all, including the funniest and the fanciest hat competitions, a game of hoss and  gloss, singing "Blaydon Races"  and we watched 3 of the Cartmel  races. The funniest hat  winner was Hilary Blease from SI Lancaster and the fanciest hat winner was Linda Beddows from SI Fylde. If you would like to find out more or join our club do
Club Get Togethers in August

Club Get Togethers in August

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Members  were keen to see each other again and  enjoyed  meeting in groups of 6 outside at Holker on 5 August , and somehow dodged the rain showers. The afternoon flew by with plenty of chatter and tea . The following week 12 members walked in 2 groups from Cartmel to Holker and back, coping with heat and humidity and enjoying seeing each other again. On 12th August Sheila hosted the first of her pop up  fundraising afternoon teas in aid of the Barrow Women's Centre , particularly Period Poverty and in perfect weather 6 members and Wilma the dog  enjoyed  a relaxing afternoon and delicious scones and cake. At all these events there was lots of socialising but also a chance to discuss projects and exchange ideas. SOME FACTS ABOUT PERIOD POVERTY 1 in 10 girls can't afford to buy menstrual products according to